Spotlight on:

S and S Home Improvements

November 2014

Do you need a new kitchen or a refaced kitchen? What is a refaced kitchen?

S and S Home Improvements specialise in kitchens, and with years of experience refacing kitchens as well as fitting new ones, they are well-qualified to help answer these questions. Run by William and Audrey Sandilands and based in Bathgate, this local family business has thrived since they set up nearly two years ago.

“When someone comes to us for a new kitchen and needs advice on whether to reface or to get a completely new kitchen, the question is, does your kitchen work for you?” explains Audrey. “Because if it's working well in terms of the layout and you like it, the best option is probably to reface - it will look like a new kitchen but you will retain the layout and save up to 40% of the cost of a new kitchen. If however you don't like your kitchen and the layout needs to be changed anyway, then we're looking at a new kitchen.”

In a refaced kitchen the carcass of the kitchen remains, but all doors and side panels are replaced. It looks like a new kitchen but you're saving significantly by not ripping out the existing carcass. The replacement doors that S and S supply are premium quality. “They are the best you can get,” explains William, “I'm a total perfectionist and wouldn't be happy with anything less. They come from the best manufacturer.”

William spent a large part of his career working for a large English kitchen refacing company where he got an in-depth knowledge of the field, before leaving the company to have a career change a few years back. He went to college and studied for an HNC in foster caring. Audrey had always worked with children and William built an extension to their home in order to accommodate the larger family. He describes looking after the foster children as a really good time of life. But when their son Calvin was looking to follow his father into the home improvements industry it made sense for William to set up again and to pass on his skills and knowledge.

They started off with kitchen refacing as that was William's speciality. “But one day when I had done a customer's kitchen she asked me if I would do her bathroom too.” explains William. “And by word of mouth recommendations we ended up doing a lot of bathrooms and other work too.” He employs a plumber and a gas engineer to help him, explaining that it has taken a bit of time to get the right team together but he is happy now that he has some really good tradesmen working with him.

“I do the tiling, and co-ordinate any other trades needed. It's easier for the customer to have a single point of contact rather than getting all the different trades in,” William also has more control over the quality of the overall job if he is arranging the other trades himself.

They currently have a workshop at home - Calvin was working in it on a coal shelter for a local customer when I visited - but they intend to expand and get premises as soon as possible.

So if you're got a kitchen project in mind, make S and S your first port of call, they will be happy to advise. Call William or Audrey on 01506 650397.